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Alumni director addresses mascot issue
Dear Fellow Blugolds,
Many of you participated in a survey in 2008 asking whether UW-Eau Claire should have a mascot and again in 2009 asking what mascot you would prefer. I wanted to update you on recent developments related to the mascot issue.
The results of the 2009 survey indicated there was not a clear majority in favor of any of the mascot options (an ox, a voyageur or no mascot), with most votes in favor of an ox or no mascot. Those survey results were forwarded to the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate for further consideration.
On Sept. 27, 2010, the Student Senate passed a bill adopting a mythical bird as the university’s student mascot. Other than a survey of students, organizers of this current-student initiative did not solicit broad input from alumni, friends of the university or other members of the university community when making its decision.
Since the Student Senate surveyed only current students and not the university community as a whole, the student mascot cannot be considered an official mascot of the university.
The student mascot will not appear on university buildings, athletic uniforms, letterheads, etc. UW-Eau Claire will continue to use the Blugold nickname but will have no official mascot.
At this time, the Student Senate will assume responsibility for costs and other obligations that are associated with the mascot of the students including design, creation of costumes and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
See a UW-Eau Claire media memo that includes a complete timeline of the mascot issue.
If you have questions or comments about a Blugold mascot, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 715-836-5189.
John Bachmeier '81
Director, Alumni Relations
Alumni and friends enjoy Homecoming revelry
You could win an iPod touch!
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is installing a new database, and we want to make sure you’re not left out and that the information we have is up to date. To be a part of the whole picture of Blugold excellence, please fill out the Blugold Update Form.
The database can only be complete with your help, so please provide as much information as possible. Blugolds who update or verify their information between now and Nov. 12, 2010, will be entered to win an 8GB iPod touch! You must enter your address, phone number and e-mail address to qualify.
The drawing will take place Nov. 12, and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter. Questions may be directed to Jane Larson at email@example.com or 715-836-3266.
Thank you — and good luck!
This year's Connections magazine now online
The 2010 issue of Connections magazine, produced by UW-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences, is now available online. The theme for this year's issue is "connections with alumni."
Connections includes college news and feature stories about students, faculty, alumni and programs affiliated with the academic departments of communication sciences and disorders, education studies, kinesiology, social work and special education. Also included in the 2010 issue is the CoEHS annual report for 2009-10.
Statesmen celebrate 45th year with concert, reunion
|Did you sing with the Statesmen? Alumni of the ensemble are invited to attend the reunion and perform during the Nov. 13 concert. Please view the invitation online and RSVP as soon as possible.
The 45th anniversary of The Singing Statesmen will be celebrated at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 12-13. Alumni of the ensemble have been invited to return to campus for a reunion and to perform as The Singing Statesmen Alumni Choir.
The event will begin with a concert by the current UW-Eau Claire ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Alumni of The Singing Statesmen will rehearse Saturday afternoon prior to a 7:30 p.m. performance Nov. 13 in Gantner Concert Hall. Performances are open to the public, and tickets are required.
As one of the premier university male choruses in the United States, The Singing Statesmen have traveled extensively — performing at historic international venues — and have released nine recordings over the years. Approximately 700 men have been members of the ensemble since it was founded in 1966. Full story.
Artists Series to present acclaimed Pro Arte Quartet
The Pro Arte Quartet, "one of the greatest quartets of our time" (San Francisco Chronicle), will perform Oct. 25 at UW-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The New York Times has praised the Pro Arte Quartet's presentation of "wonderfully personal, intense music performed with real devotion and accomplishment." The program will include String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5, by Beethoven; String Quartet No. 5 in B flat Major, Op. 92, by Shostakovich; and String Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, by Schubert. Full story.
Middle Eastern food, culture focus of 'Let's Do Lunch!'
Food, like music, is a universal language. It is full of cultural meaning and is central to the human experience. Drawing from his research and teaching on the geographies of food of the Middle East, Dr. Paul Kaldjian, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography, will provide insight into Middle Eastern people, places and daily life at an Oct. 27 luncheon sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.
Kaldjian's presentation, titled "Middle Eastern Food and Culture," will be held from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire as part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch!" series.
For the past decade, Kaldjian has regularly visited to Turkey, where he has studied Istanbul's food systems. Through UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, he took community members to Turkey in 2007 on a tour of Istanbul's "landscapes of food," and this fall is co-teaching a Continuing Education course with his wife on Middle Eastern cultures and cuisines. Full story.
First faculty-student patent awarded to research project
Research on e-mail security that Eau Claire native Michael LeMay began with a professor when he was a 16-year-old sophomore at UW-Eau Claire has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office.
LeMay, who began taking university computer science classes at age 15, collaborated on the research — titled "Secure Electronic Message Transport Protocol (SETP)" — with Dr. Jack Tan, professor of computer science.
"It is very exciting to receive my first patent because it is an official recognition of the novelty of the work that Dr. Tan and I did during our research project," said LeMay, who earned his computer science degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2005. "One of the greatest challenges for researchers is finding interesting topics that haven't already been adequately explored." Full story.
Students conducting research in Cambodia also immersed in country's culture
Villagers' morning commute is disrupted as they stop to watch UW-Eau Claire students' sampling activities near the Cambodian town of Kampong Thom. Students, from left to right, are Kathryn Prince, Andrew Ludvik, Brian Pauley and Chris Maierhofer. (Contributed photo)
Five UW-Eau Claire biology students and a faculty member spent the summer researching the impact of the chemical usage in Cambodian rice paddies, focusing on the diversity of insects, frogs and fish.
The five students were Brian Pauley, Eau Claire; Kathryn Prince, Junction City; Christopher Maierhofer, Eau Claire; Katrina Jacobs, Blue Mounds; and Andrew Ludvik, Weyerhaeuser. Deborah Freund, associate lecturer of biology, led the research effort.
"The science aspect of the trip was very cool," Ludvik said. "This trip will help all of us going into graduate school."
The research focused on the food webs in the paddies. Cambodian farmers trap and eat a lot of the animals that live in the paddies. They use frogs, toads, fish, clams and insects as a major source of dietary protein, Freund said. Full story.
Campus Master Plan preferred alternative available online
The preferred alternative of UW-Eau Claire's Campus Master Plan is now available online for review by students, faculty and staff.
Feedback on the preferred alternative will be used to develop a final Campus Master Plan that will be presented to campus in January 2011. Feedback should be directed by Oct. 29 to Mike Rindo, special assistant to the chancellor, at 715-836-4742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Campus Master Plan preferred alternative was developed based on a comprehensive space needs analysis (including general access classroom and computer laboratory space analysis undertaken as part of the education building project), housing market study, and parking and transportation analysis. Campus input was solicited through questionnaires, focus group discussions, conference calls and campus presentations last fall and spring.
Feedback from alumni and friends also is welcome. Full story.
New immersion experience will take students to Turkey
Students with an interest in the Middle East are being encouraged to participate in a new UW-Eau Claire program that will culminate with a nearly monthlong immersion in Turkey during summer 2011.
Up to 30 students can enroll in two semester-long courses during the spring 2011 semester. The classes — which will focus on the history, geography, culture, customs and religion of Turkey — will prepare the students to immerse themselves in Turkish daily life for more than four weeks next summer.
"This will be an intense, life-altering immersion into ways of life that are distinctly different from anything our students are likely to have previously experienced," said Dr. Paul Kaldjian, an associate professor of geography who is one of three faculty who will teach the courses and travel to Turkey with the students. "This will not be a fishbowl experience — we want them to dig into the daily lives, realities and relationships of the local life there. We'll provide guidance and support, but they'll actively participate in the rhythms of the city." Full story.
Nursing program receives grant to enhance simulation and skills lab
The nursing department at UW-Eau Claire has received a grant of $283,050 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to acquire human patient simulator equipment that will enhance the simulation and skills lab used by graduate nursing students.
Dr. Debra Jansen, professor of nursing and interim associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, wrote the grant proposal to HRSA's "Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals — Advanced Education Nursing" program. The program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
With the grant, the nursing department will purchase high-tech interactive manikins to be used by the more than 110 students in UW-Eau Claire's advanced nursing education programs, including the master of science in nursing program, post-master's certificate program and post-master's doctor of nursing practice program. The equipment also will be used by students in the university's post-baccalaureate doctor of nursing practice program when it begins in summer 2012. Full story.
Student volunteers help make Aphasia Camp a success
Bob Wilken, Minneapolis, Julie Tangwell, Rice Lake, and UW-Eau Claire graduate student Dani Buker play a game during Aphasia Camp. (Contributed photo)
For years Barbara Strohm has been searching for a place where she and her husband — who has aphasia due to a brain injury suffered 11 years ago — could feel connected and comfortable.
Strohm, from La Crosse, found what she was looking for this fall during a weekend camp in northern Wisconsin that included support from 18 UW-Eau Claire students, several faculty members and others from Eau Claire area organizations.
"During the past 11 years I have kept trying to form in my mind the type of community we might move to that might meet more of the needs of our altered lives," Strohm said in a letter to Dr. Jerry Hoepner, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire and one of the Aphasia Camp leaders. "We lived in that community for a weekend at Aphasia Camp, where your creativity, energy, determination and drive were as evident as the pine trees and the lake." Full story.
New assistant dean of students named
Jacqueline Bonneville has been named the assistant dean of students at UW-Eau Claire.
Bonneville, who has served as coordinator for new student orientation at UW-Eau Claire since 2003, will begin her new duties Nov. 1. She will report to Brian Carlisle, dean of students. She also will work closely with Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor of student affairs.
"It has been a privilege and an honor to coordinate UW-Eau Claire's orientation program and advise hundreds of undeclared students the past eight years," Bonneville said. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to join the Dean of Students office and assist with the important work they do for our campus." Full story.
Services for Students with Disabilities has new director
Alice Bayerl recently was named director of Services for Students with Disabilities at UW-Eau Claire.
Bayerl previously worked in the SSD office as academic coordinator from 2002-06 and as interim director from June-October 2005.
"We are delighted to have Alice back in an expanded role," said Dr. Deborah Gough, UW-Eau Claire's director of Advising and New Student Initiatives. "Her extensive background working with both high school and college students with disabilities is invaluable. Her concern for students and her desire to help them succeed at UW-Eau Claire is obvious to all who work with her." Full story.
'Ask a Scientist' series returns Oct. 26
Scientists from UW-Eau Claire as well as other community experts will share their knowledge with the general public during the "Ask a Scientist" series.
Dr. Paul Wagner, professor and chair of UW-Eau Claire's department of computer science, will present "Computer Security and Cyberwarfare" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.
Wagner's presentation will address issues such as the definition of cyberwarfare, its impact and relation to traditional warfare and the technological and political issues surrounding it.
The monthly series was conceived in 2007 by Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy at UW-Eau Claire. Focused toward the educated layperson, the event features speakers who give 30-minute presentations and facilitate a 30-minute discussion period following the presentation. The event is typically held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Full story.
International Folk Fair offers tastes, sights, sounds of the world
UW-Eau Claire will host the 2010 International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Nov. 7 in Davies Center. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
The International Folk Fair brings the community together in celebration of culture and offers an enriching cultural and educational experience.
Participants will have an opportunity to sample foods from around the world, be entertained by international performers, see colorful cultural exhibits, and experience the history and languages of other cultures without leaving Eau Claire. Full story.
Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
||Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been listed as one of the 256 most influential leaders in the health care industry in Becker's Hospital Review. Full story.
||Kevin Newell '10, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently competed in the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera auditions and was one of seven singers advanced to the Upper Midwest Regional in St. Paul, Minn., in February. Full story.
||Jeanne Weggel '97, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts (HOPE) of Wisconsin. Full story.
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox (email@example.com). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire long-sleeved T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.
October Blugold Trivia question:
UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen are celebrating their 45th anniversary this year. Who was the ensemble's founder and first conductor?
Know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Karen Wilms Lehner, a 1977 UW-Eau Claire special education graduate! Karen has won the September Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the grand marshal of this year's Homecoming parade was Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of psychology and recipient of the university's 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.